Molina opens up lead on Stein in Oxnard Treasurer race

By Peter K. Godinez & George Miller

As of today, Phil Molina pulled further ahead of Larry Stein in the Oxnard Treasurer race. Initially, Stein was ahead, but the gap had been closing, with Molina now 368 votes ahead (16046 (37.3%) – 15678 (36.4%) of atotal so far of 43,055 votes counted. While it could go either way, Molina is most likely to win at this point.

Official VC Elections info as of 11-18-16. Oxnard Treasurer results are on page 8.

Absentee and provisional ballots are still being counted and we do not know the forecasted completion date.

The two have fairly similar goals for the position.

Stein an accountant, is regarded as a longtime city council meeting gadfly, frequently getting up to speak and usually critical of the City. But unlike most meeting speakers, he is highly informed about what is going on, because of his years of research, frequent information requests and extensive contacts.

Molina, a former Oxnard Finance Director who was fired, but won a large wrongful discharge settlement, is also a frequent thorn in the side of City officials, although not as frequently and persistently as Stein. He is highly qualified. 

Both have risen in the estimation of the public, after many of their longtime criticism sad suggestions were vindicated by the long, painful audit of the FY ’14-15 city books. Both men have indicated  a willingness to assist whomever the ultimate winner is.

Far more attention is being paid to the Treasurer election this year, since incumbent Danielle Navas resigned  a few months ago. While she claimed this was for personal reasons, the findings of the audit would have made for tough campaign rhetoric.

Both candidates have beenj somewhat phiolsphical about tyhe tight race and profess to be not very concerned about who wins. Either of the two candidates are willing to assist the other if he wins, we have been told by both. Last night we also talked to candidate Al Jones, retired from the Air Force and a former bank executive, who said he would also be willing to do that, “under the right conditions.”

 

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Peter K. Godinez is a longtime document management professional in the information services industry, as well as a Citizen of Oxnard who desires to see this community thrive to the best of its abilities and potential.

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/petergodinez

George Miller is Publisher of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard


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